Mahatma Gandhi

mahatma gandhi quotes

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (October 2, 1869 – January 30, 1948) was an Indian activist who played a vital role in Indian independence movement against British rule. He was born in Porbandar, Gujarat into a Hindu Modh family. Gandhi led India in non-violent movements for civil rights and freedom. In India, he is also known as Mahatma Gandhi and Bapu.

Gandhi managed to complete his law education in London and earned barrister’s degree. Soon after coming back to India, he realized that his barrister’s degree was not a guarantee of a lucrative career. After initial failed attempts at establishing a law practices, he accepted an offer of one year contract as a lawyer from an Indian firm in Natal, South Africa.

Despite arriving on one year contract, he spent the next 21 years living in South Africa. Gandhi quickly exposed to the racial discrimination practiced in South Africa. He continuously attempted to fight segregation and other local issues at all levels there. After his return to India in 1915, he was introduced with several problems that Indians were facing under British rule. He came forward to lead India in its freedom fighting movements in a non-violent way. He was imprisoned too, upon many occasions, but he continued challenging the British rule in India.

He led many movements for civil rights and freedom in India, some of major ones are Dandi Salt March,  Quit India movement and Non-cooperation movement. For his vital role in achieving Swarajya (self-rule) in India, he is considered as the “Father of the Nation”.

Just after few months of India’s Independence, on January 30 1948, being disappointed by some of Gandhi’s decisions, Nathuram Godse, a Hindu nationalist, assassinated Gandhi by firing three bullets into his chest.

2 October, Gandhi’s birthday, is commemorated in India as Gandhi Jayanti and worldwide as the International Day of Nonviolence.

Mahatma Gandhi Quotes

It’s easy to stand in the crowd but it takes courage to stand alone.
It’s easy to stand in the crowd but it takes courage to stand alone.
Change yourself – you are in control.
Change yourself – you are in control.
I regard myself as a soldier, though a soldier of peace.
I regard myself as a soldier, though a soldier of peace.
Poverty is the worst form of violence.
Poverty is the worst form of violence.
Nonviolence is not to be used ever as the shield of the coward.
Nonviolence is not to be used ever as the shield of the coward. It is the weapon of the brave.
I offer you peace.... I offer you love....
I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings.
I wear the national dress because it is the most natural and the most becoming for an Indian
I wear the national dress because it is the most natural and the most becoming for an Indian.
Where love is, there God is also.
Where love is, there God is also.
A man of truth must also be a man of care.
A man of truth must also be a man of care.
Nonviolence is the first article of my faith.
Nonviolence is the first article of my faith. It is also the last article of my creed.
Rights that do not flow from duty well performed are not worth having.
Rights that do not flow from duty well performed are not worth having.
Truth and Non-violence are as old as the hills.
I have nothing new to teach the world. Truth and Non-violence are as old as the hills. All I have done is to try experiments in both on as vast a scale as I could.
Man can never be a woman's equal in the spirit of selfless service ...
Man can never be a woman’s equal in the spirit of selfless service with which nature has endowed her.
The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace.
The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace.
The essence of all religions is one.
The essence of all religions is one. Only their approaches are different.
The rich cannot accumulate wealth without the co-operation of the poor in society
The rich cannot accumulate wealth without the co-operation of the poor in society.
The good man is the friend of all living things.
The good man is the friend of all living things.
My religion is based on truth and non-violence.
My religion is based on truth and non-violence. Truth is my God. Non-violence is the means of realizing him.
Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs....
Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.
Nothing has saddened me so much in life as the hardness of heart...
Nothing has saddened me so much in life as the hardness of heart of educated people.
Do or Die.
Do or Die.
Confession of errors is like a broom which sweeps away the dirt and leaves the surface brighter and clearer
Confession of errors is like a broom which sweeps away the dirt and leaves the surface brighter and clearer. I feel stronger for confession.
Truth is one, paths are many.
Truth is one, paths are many.
Nonviolence is a weapon of the strong.
Nonviolence is a weapon of the strong.
The future depends on what you do today.
The future depends on what you do today.
The real ornament of woman is her character, her purity.
The real ornament of woman is her character, her purity.
Whenever you are confronted with an opponent, conquer him with love.
Whenever you are confronted with an opponent, conquer him with love.
There is a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed.
There is a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed.
They cannot take away our self-respect if we do not give it to them.
They cannot take away our self-respect if we do not give it to them.
Glory lies in the attempt to reach one’s goal and not in reaching it.
Glory lies in the attempt to reach one’s goal and not in reaching it.
In doing something, do it with love or never do it at all.
In doing something, do it with love or never do it at all.
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress.
Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress.
In a gentle way, you can shake the world.
In a gentle way, you can shake the world.
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
A coward is incapable of exhibiting love...
A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.
The enemy is fear.
The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but, it is fear.
Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong.
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong.
Strength does not come from physical capacity
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
Truth is by nature self-evident...
Truth is by nature self-evident. As soon as you remove the cobwebs of ignorance that surround it, it shines clear.
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you...
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
Nobody can hurt me without my permission
Nobody can hurt me without my permission.
Hate the sin, love the sinner.
Hate the sin, love the sinner.
You must not lose faith in humanity...
You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.
Service without humility is selfishness and egotism
Service without humility is selfishness and egotism.
Be the change that you want to see in the world.
Be the change that you want to see in the world.
Where there is love there is life.
Where there is love there is life.
An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind
An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.